This years annual OMDA Killbear week was held on August 9-16, at Killbear Provincial Park.
Some casual sailing to get warmed up for the week to come.
The first races of the Junior Provincial Championship were sailed in the morning. Unfortunately, no one has sent in any photos yet.
And those not on the water find things to do too!
In the morning, the final races of the Junior Provincial Championship were completed.
|Place||Sail No.||Crew||Race 1||Race 2||Race 3||Points|
Note: Since everybody sailed single-handed, there no penalty was assessed.
Of course, in the afternoon there was the regular two o-clock race.
Later in the afternoon, Wim and Alison arrived to show off their new boat.
Tuesday's cocktail hour get together was held at the Roger's campsite: Doug and Carol were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversery!
In addition to the usual drinks and snacks there was a fancy cake.
Wednesday was a busy day on the OMDA week calendar: capsize practice, the poker race, and the corn roast.
Wednesday morning was a beautiful sunny day. It was ideal for practicing recovering from a capsize. Shelley borrowed Elaine's camera and got some great shots from Charger in the midst of all the action.
See all the capsize practice photos.
Fortunately the wind picked up Wednesday afternoon, so conditions were perfect for the Poker Race. Terry and Marika had things well organized, and the race was started pretty much on time. We had a great turnout: 18 Mirrors sailed in the Poker race.
There are lots more poker race photos.
The corn roast was held Wednesday evening. Many thanks to Jim and Mary-Lou Clubine for allowing us to use their site, which is next to the field.
The results of the Poker Race and the Junior Provincial Championships were announced at the corn roast.
There are lots more corn roast photos.
Thursday was another fine day. Aleid lead a group cruise to The Pancakes, a pair of Islands about 8 km from Harold Point. They departed from the beach a little after 11:00 am. There was just enough wind, but it was a slow beat most of the way there.
There are lots more photos from the cruise to The Pancakes.
The day started with the Carl and Lois hosting their annual coffee and donut gathering in the morning.
The get together isn't just for people.
The two o-clock race was slow getting started (by 50 minutes!). The wind was more from the south than normal, so we moved the start line south a bit and used a different course: between the Sisters, then around Cousin's Island and back to the Harold Point beach. Rounding the Islands makes plenty of opportunities for the lead to change: do you cut it close and risk being becalmed in the wind shadow, or play it safe and leave a wider margin?
Elaine and Steve Richardson initiated a new event: the Friday night Luau. Many OMDAites were able to rise to the sartorial challenge, arriving in Hawaiian themed finery (I think they may have known about the event when they were packing!)
There are lots more Luau Photos.
We were all greatly saddened to hear that Peter Pugh, a long time OMDA member, had passed away shortly before the start of OMDA week. After the end of racing on Saturday afternoon we all gathered on Derek and Heather's campsite to remember him. Derek gave a short speech about his father. Then John McCulloch read from a collection of reminiscences about Peter he had been gathering all week from those who knew him.
We ended the gathering with a group photo in front of Peter's Mirror: M16562 Pooh Stick.
By the end of the week, David and Emma were ready to try sailing solo in the safe sheltered waters near the beach.
There is even a beach just for four legged campers.
Thanks to all those who took photos: Martin and Shelley Walker, Steve and Elaine Richardson, David and Margaret Hull, Peter Kaiser, Carol Roger, Hanzo VanBeusekom, Derek and Heather Pugh, Stephen and George Steel.
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